John F. Wehmiller

Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716

[ jwehm@udel.edu ]; office phone 302 831 2926; fax 302 831 4158

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment


  • Ph.D., Geology, Columbia University, 1971
  • B.A., Chemistry, Swarthmore College, 1966

Professional Experience

  • Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, U of Delaware, 2009-
  • Research Associate,  Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 2012-
  • Research Professor, George Washington University, 2003-
  • September 1996-August 2000, Chair, Department of Geology
  • 1995-96 Fellow, University of Delaware Center for Advanced Study 
  • 1986-present, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Paleontology, Research Associate
  • 1978-1985, University of Delaware, Department of Geology, Associate Professor  
  • 1972-1978, University of Delaware, Department of Geology, Assistant Professor
  • 1974, 1975, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Summer Faculty Fellow

Professional Activities

  • Memberships:
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    • American Geophysical Union
    • American Quaternary Association
    • Geochemical Society
    • Geological Society of America (Fellow)
    • Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia


  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Quaternary Science Reviews, 1991-1996;   Quaternary Geochronology, 2007 - present   
  • Reviewer, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Sciences Reviews, Geological Society of America, Nature and Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta.

Professional Service

  • Co-Convenor, 1982 Geological Society of America Symposium on Amino acid geochemistry and aminostratigraphy, New Orleans.
  • Invited Participant in 1985 United Nations - CCOP Workshop on Dating Young Sediments, Beijing.
  • Co-Convenor, 1987 Geological Society of America Penrose Conference on Late Pleistocene Sea Levels, Bermuda.
  • Invited Participant, 1989 International Geological Congress, Workshop on Biomineralization, Washington, D.C.
  • Theme session organizer, 1990 Geological Society of America Meeting, Dallas. 16-paper session on the applications of amino acid racemization in geochronology, stratigraphy, and geochemistry.
  • International Geological Correlation Project 274: Coastal Quaternary Evolution:
    • Theme leader for geochronology;
    • Co-editor, U.S. Working Group final report entitled Quaternary Coastal Systems of the U.S. (published by Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, late 1992) 
  • Convenor, 1997 Northeastern Section Geological Society of America Workshop on Aminostratigraphy, held at University of Delaware, March 1997.
  • Co-Convenor, 1998 Perspectives on Amino Acid and Protetin Geochemistry: Symposium to Honor P. E. Hare, Carnegie Institute of Washington, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., April 1998.
  • Co-Convenor, 1999 Assateague Shore and Shelf Workshop, Lewes, DE, April 1999  
  • Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, Committee on Science and the Arts, 2004- present. 2012 Ceremony for Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosely-Thompson.
  • Organizer and Principal Investigator, NSF-funded workshops on aminostratigraphy data management: 2010 - Denver (GSA), 2011- Bern (INQUA) 
  • University Service: College Senator; chair and member, Department, College, and University Promotion and Tenure Committees; Sustainability Task Force


November 2012 Alumni gathering at GSA, Charlotte: slide show images and text.